There’s no such thing as a perfect garden or a perfect gardener. Even the most experienced growers come across uncooperative plants and need a little help troubleshooting from time to time. And while geraniums are typically an ideal flower due to their low maintenance, every now and then they may need a little extra care and attention. Here are three common issues gardeners may come across when growing geraniums and how to remedy them.
If your Geranium is growing sideways
This may be because your Geranium is getting leggy. If you have a geranium that has bloomed for many seasons, it may tend to grow taller and taller, giving it a leggy look, and falling over and growing sideways. To remedy this, your plant may need a good chop. By cutting the plant back, you are helping it to grow back in a more compact bush form.
If the leaves of your geranium are turning yellow
If you notice the leaves of your geranium yellowing, one of the following may be to blame:
- The plant was recently moved and is adapting to its new environment. If this is the case, give it time to adjust and see if the leaves change back.
- Your plant may not be getting enough light. Make sure plants aren’t spaced too closely together and that the plants are receiving adequate amount of sun.
- The plants aren’t getting enough water at the roots. While Rozanne can deal with both deluge and drought, she and other geraniums need the right amount of moisture throughout the year to thrive. Check the soil to make sure it isn’t too dry or that it’s not getting too much water and flooding.
If your Geranium looks healthy, but isn’t blooming
If your geranium looks bushy, healthy and happy but isn’t flowering, check to see if one of these is at fault:
- Is it in the proper sized container? If the pot is too large for the plant, then the roots will fill out but the plant won’t flower. Try moving it to a smaller container so the roots are restricted and the plant can focus on flowering.
- Make sure it has adequate light. Geraniums flower well in full sun.
- Check the soil. It should be moist at all times, not too dry or drowning in too much water.
With a little troubleshooting, your geraniums can be blooming and beautiful once again. What are your favourite geranium care tips? Leave us a comment on Rozanne’s Facebook page letting us know!